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I hate tripods because they're so cumbersome and take forever to setup. If I were to use a monopod how slow do you reckon I can shoot, obviously focal length is important here too but let's just say 100mm.

Also is a ball head recommended for monopods?

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A ball head on a monopod is useless. A few mfrs make the 90* flip heads (Manfrotto for sure, for like 38 bucks) so you can switch to portrait quickly, but a ball head is going to get real frustrating. As far as shutter speeds, it always depends on how much coffee you've slammed.

For real, though, you can get away with at LEAST 1/50 at 100mm if you're a steady shot.
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A ball head on a monopod is useless. A few mfrs make the 90* flip heads (Manfrotto for sure, for like 38 bucks) so you can switch to portrait quickly, but a ball head is going to get real frustrating. As far as shutter speeds, it always depends on how much coffee you've slammed.

For real, though, you can get away with at LEAST 1/50 at 100mm if you're a steady shot.
My buddy claims he can do 1/15 on his 85 by just leaning heavily on his monopod.

Good to know about the head.
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Could be, although I'm not sure I can envision a situation where that slow of a shutter speed would be useful (in regard to that focal length, compared to a tripod). If I expected 1/25 or slower, I would just bring a tripod.
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Monopods are useless.
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Originally Posted by dudemanppl View Post
Monopods are useless.
You kid you kid.
I'm getting used to your replies.

To OP: no need for any head on a monopod. And no need for a monopod if you are just trying to save stops. For that just learn to hold the camera steadier--tons of techniques out there.

IMO monopods are unnecessary on anything smaller then a 300@2.8. Even the 300 is comfortable to handhold for short stretches--though I bring a monopod if I have a 300 with me.
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Hold shift to steady breath should do the trick :3

OT: I remember seeing a hybrid monopod somewhere that deployed into a tripod somewhere. That would be the closest thing to a monopod I would consider as I don't think the small gain in stability is worth having to lug a monopod around.
 
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Monopods are useless.
Trololo

The advantage you can gain should be around one or two stops, depending on how steady you are yourself, of course. I don't use mine too often, but when I do use it, I'm glad I brought it with me.

It takes up less space than a tripod, so you can use it in public places more easily. It also protects your "gentleman's instrument" during sports games.
    
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I admit that I don't find monopods essential, but I don't shoot heavy tele primes. I can usually find some sort of improvised support if I need it (taking a knee, using a good friend's shoulder, railings, etc. .
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I don't think the small gain in stability is worth having to lug a monopod around.
Lug? The whole point of a monopod is to be more versatile than a tripod. You guys must not ever go over any questionable terrain -- monopods are great for times like that.
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